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Mold Damage can Spread From Wet Bathrooms Throughout Your Wake Forest Home

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage can Spread From Wet Bathrooms Throughout Your Wake Forest Home Looking up and seeing mold on your bathroom ceiling is a cause for alarm. Call SERVPRO to investigate and remediate the damage before it spreads.

Team SERVPRO Effectively Stops the Spread of the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold, mildew, and other fungi live on almost every surface inside your Wake Forest residence, no matter how often you clean. These microorganisms can survive through harsh conditions because of their structures and capabilities.
 
Wiping things down with a damp cloth to clean the interior furnishings of your home can lead to mold damage in Wake Forest becoming worse. Microbes like these thrive in moist conditions and a regular drink from your cleaning sponge can provide this. Bleach rarely kills these microorganisms as well as you might expect, especially if you clean areas like drywall and other semi-porous surfaces. This happens because water can get in to nourish the microbes, while larger bleach molecules remain blocked and unable to penetrate as deeply.
 
SERVPRO teams know how to get excessive amounts of mold out of your home and back to normal, acceptable levels. Before we begin, we prepare the area with plastic sheeting and compartmentalized areas to maintain better control over the microbe we intend on remediating. We use air scrubbers to direct the air in specific directions to more efficiently handle the work.
 
Materials with mold damage cannot remain inside your home safely and can end up causing future contamination. We remove these materials and bag them up in heavy plastic bags. Then we remove them from your home. Our workers are dedicated individuals who want your family to live in a safe and healthy home, without any risk of the possible health effects mold might cause.
 
We use equipment with HEPA filters to ensure that all microbes, as well as the dust created during the removal of materials with mold damage, stays contained and never enters the rest of your home. Other pieces of our equipment have other uses. Our moisture meters help us detect where the excess moisture comes. Without moisture, mold and mildew cannot survive. While dampness from cleaning activities can help microbes survive, we might find other sources, as well. We always discuss our findings with the homeowners and help them decide which options might work best.
 
SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest answers their emergency line at (919) 790-1222 every hour of every day, 365, days a year. Mold damage does not need to affect your home, ruining belongings and creating foul odors in your New Light, Six Forks, or Sandy Plain home. Call us and we can start mold remediation right away.

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Secondary Water Damage in Raleigh Residences can Include Mold, Defects in Wood, and Corrosion

8/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Secondary Water Damage in Raleigh Residences can Include Mold, Defects in Wood, and Corrosion Water damage in any part of your home needs to be remediated as it can quickly lead to mold. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Team SERVPRO Thoroughly Remediates Water Damage in Your Home to Help Prevent a Mold Infestation

Water coming into your home through pipes and leaving through the drain system keeps things in Raleigh perfectly normal. Anything that changes this, such as the development of a small leak or drip, can slowly cause problems. Small crevices in your home's siding or roof can also give water from rain or snow a way into your house's interior.
 
When your home sustains water from any source, water damage in Raleigh can happen quickly. Allowing this moisture to just evaporate into the air can lead to problems later. Secondary water damage in the form of mold growth can appear anywhere in a home. This occurrence is possible because water vapor travels in the air, pushed along by your home's air currents.
 
Microbes in the air also end up in the same area that moisture accumulates, making it easy for these spores and mold particles to start colonizing on your house's interior surfaces. Any wood items in the area not only provide cellulose for the microbial population to consume, but these pieces also serve as a reservoir by retaining the moisture inside them. The water vapor absorbed can also warp wood while slowly deteriorating particle board components. Metal pieces such as hinges or sliding lock can become rusted because of the elevated humidity.
 
SERVPRO sends in technicians to mitigate the damage caused by water and moisture, removing damaged materials that we cannot restore while cleaning and repairing as much as possible. Our technicians know the most effective methods for restoring items damaged by both water or mold. Replacing rusted items is often more cost-effective than cleaning and oiling them to undo the corrosion caused by heavy moisture in the air.
 
Our workers also spend time drying out your home to prevent further difficulties. We want to make your home like it was before any water damage existed. Call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222, so we can help you restore your Leesville, Brookhaven, or Sandy Plain home "Like it never even happened."

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Why Air Movers Are Crucial During Flood Damage Restoration in Raleigh

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Air Movers Are Crucial During Flood Damage Restoration in Raleigh Happy Raleigh Customer Looking at the SERVPRO Van after Completing Water Damage and Restoration

Dehumidification Is a Key Component of Stormwater Restoration

Drying is an essential procedure during flood damage restoration. Apart from being one of the processes that return your property and contents to their preloss state, it can help in preventing mold growth. Here, we are going to look at how the setup of air movers can facilitate the drying of your Raleigh property.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians use air moving devices to create an efficient drying environment when addressing flood damage in Raleigh. When the continuous rapid airflow comes into contact with the wet surfaces, it forces these areas to lose the water that they are holding. That means the water transforms from a liquid state to a gaseous state in a process known as evaporation. Some of the factors that influence the rate of evaporation include temperature, air movement, RH (relative humidity) of air, the water vapor differential between the surrounding environment and the wet item, and accessibility to the wet surface or items.
 
As evaporation takes place, additional water vapor is added to the air, and it reaches a point where the air cannot hold any additional moisture. If the temperature of the air decreases, the vapor can condense into water and cause additional damage. That is why our SERVPRO technicians use dehumidifiers to absorb the moisture from the air. To come up with a balanced drying system, we monitor that there is a balance between the number of dehumidifiers and air movers. Since dehumidifiers generate dry and warm air, the installed air movers must also circulate it across all wet items in the structure.
 
After drying your structure, we perform deodorization to eliminate any odors that might be present. If we are dealing with confined areas, we may use thermal foggers - devices that dispense dense fogs to neutralize the odors. We can also use Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers to apply disinfects and fungicides to reduce the chances of mold growth.
 
SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest is a trusted industry leader that offers commercial and residential restoration services. You can learn more about our 24-hours emergency services by calling (919) 790-1222.

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What To Expect From SERVPRO Mold Remediation In Wake Forest

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What To Expect From SERVPRO Mold Remediation In Wake Forest Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Wake Forest--"Like it never even happened."

Wake Forest Homeowners Appreciate Professional Mold Remediation from SERVPRO

You can feel very discouraged and overwhelmed when mold growth in your Wake Forest home does not respond to your efforts to eliminate it. Many homeowners do not realize that we offer mold remediation as one of our core services, able to help under circumstances where our customers wrestle with fear and helplessness in the face of a tough mold problem.
 
Mold damage remediation in Wake Forest is best left to well-qualified technicians with both the training and the experience to plan and execute appropriate abatement. Reputable microbial mitigation firms clearly communicate the process and explain the goals. It is impossible to eliminate mold spores entirely, but we aim to reduce their levels to what is considered normal amounts. We help our customers understand the necessity and benefits of mold remediation without unreasonably increasing anxiety or promising what cannot be delivered.
 
The SERVPRO procedure for mold remediation begins with a comprehensive inspection of the affected space, including checking for areas of mold behind walls, in closets or cabinets, or other surfaces or cavities. We are on the lookout for moisture, as water, organic materials, and oxygen are the only requirements for microbial growth. Expect us to discuss the moisture source and ideas for you or a contractor to eliminate it. If moisture remains after remediation, mold colonies are likely to recur so this step is crucial.
 
We then follow the EPA-developed remediation protocol. SERVPRO employees contain the moldy area, sometimes with barriers only but often with the help of negative air pressure systems that prevent non-contaminated spaces from tainting with debris as we remove the colonies and tainted materials. The mission is to scrape, scrub, or use necessary abrasives to strip the mold from surfaces, returning them to preloss condition or ready for touch up painting or repairs if structural components were partially removed. Our technicians don personal protective equipment during these stages, excluding the home’s inhabitants from the project zone for safety.
 
SERVPRO stocks EPA-registered antimicrobials to treat the affected area after the moldy residues exit your home, vacuumed, bagged and ready for proper disposal per local codes. We apply the disinfectants via wipe downs or spraying systems to inhibit mold resurgence. When the appropriate time frame for the disinfectant action passes, we dismantle the containment system and return your home to you, remediated, sanitized, and ready for your comfort and enjoyment.
 
You can rely on SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest to provide timely, respectful, and professional mold remediation services. Call (919) 790-1222 to arrange for a consultation with our skilled and experienced technicians.

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A Severe Storm Can Make Your New Hope Home In Need Of Water Removal Services

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage A Severe Storm Can Make Your New Hope Home In Need Of Water Removal Services When a severe storm rolls into town and causes flooding inside of your home, you're going to need water removal services.

Water Removal Services

When a severe storm rolls into town and causes flooding inside of your home, you're going to need water removal services. A window left open can allow hundreds of gallons of water to pour into your basement home gym, endangering the expensive equipment there. Metals that are left exposed to water can rust, and electrical devices can malfunction.

When your New Hope home is in urgent need of water removal services, it is fortunate that help is not far. When it comes to water flooding your home, it is best for the longevity of your residence that you call for professional help as soon as possible. The faster our technicians can get into your home and begin the remediation process, the better it is for your gym equipment.

SERVPRO can bring specialized tools to remove the water from your home. Depending on the nature of the water, we can use extractors, wet/dry vacuums, and submersible pumps to remove it. If it is not a significant volume of water, we can merely remove the water and pump it away from your house. However, if the volume is significant, we can bring truck mounted tools to carry the water away from your home.

Once we have extracted the water, we can inspect the structure of your home for any water damage. If any of your electrical gym equipment is shorted out, SERVPRO can send it away to be carefully inspected. If it cannot be fixed, we can help you claim anything that you lost with your insurance company.

Finally, the last thing our experts can do for your home is to make sure that it is up to dryness standards. Our SERVPRO technicians can use tools like dehumidifiers and ventilation fans to create an environment that fosters evaporation. Once your home is returned to an acceptable moisture level, and we have cleaned the space of any grime and dirt, the remediation is complete.

Do not hesitate if rainwater finds a way into your home. When you need damage remediation services, reach out to SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest by dialing (919) 790-1222. We strive to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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Remediating Commercial Flood Damage In Raleigh

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Remediating Commercial Flood Damage In Raleigh Remediating commercial flood damage can be limited to just a day or two, or it can take weeks, depending on the amount of water and what it affected.

Remediating Commercial Flood Damage

Flood damage is not a regular occurrence in Raleigh, but it does happen enough that business owners know when to take precautions. Filling and stacking enough sandbags to keep Lake Johnson and Lake Raleigh out of their commercial operation may take a day or two, but it certainly beats losing that same time and paying for cleanup costs afterward.

Remediating commercial flood damage in Raleigh can be limited to just a day or two, or it can take weeks, depending on the amount of water and what it affected. In a business like a dry cleaning plant, SERVPRO restoration teams pay attention to drying and protecting the structure, customer property, and equipment.

Since this is a commercial operation, our personnel do not have to worry about carpets or office paneling, but removing the water is still necessary. Technicians draw out any standing water with pumps so our team can inspect the floors and walls for other damage.

Once they bring the water down to the surface, the next step is to remove the rest of it using extraction wands. These devices can draw out the remaining water, leaving only spots of it along the floor. At this point, team members use squeegees to push the rest out the nearest doorway.

If the water rose high enough, clothing is certainly at risk. Fortunately, in this situation, the items are already on racks for the most part, and not stacked together. To increase the drying process and reduce the chance of permanent damage, SERVPRO specialists set up a series of box fans and air movers to increase air circulation and blow warm, dry air over surfaces.

They use the same devices to force warm air underneath the dry cleaning equipment that was partially under the flood water. The team leader examines everything to ensure it is dry, but if there is any other damage, he recommends to the manager to bring in a licensed contractor to inspect before restarting that particular piece of machinery.

The goal of SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest is to help every business recover from a flood and quickly reopen their doors for full operation. If you need us, call today at (919) 790-1222. We are here for you.

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Fire Damage Technicians Out of New Hope Discuss Cleaning Techniques

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Technicians Out of New Hope Discuss Cleaning Techniques Rely on SERVPRO to Give You New Hope in Smoke & Soot Cleanup

Smoke and Soot Cleanup Can Be Challenging--Call SERVPRO for Help

When most think about a fire starting at their house in New Hope, they realize that burnt building materials may need to be replaced. Any structural components that received charring must either be treated or repaired. After problems with burnt materials are mitigated, other issues related to smoke can exist. Smoke spreads throughout a structure leaving behind soils and soot residues.
 
Residues can ruin the finish on some objects and produce burnt aromas. One significant part of restoring fire damage in New Hope is cleaning and removing soils created by smoke. The difficulty of cleaning these residues varies based on the type of soot present, and what kinds of elements got affected. When synthetic materials like plastics burn, the soot generated is more challenging to remove than soils left behind from fires that burn mainly organic elements such as wood.
 
The soot removal process usually involves a combination of methods and specialized chemicals. Our SERVPRO technicians use cleaning solutions to release soils from being stuck onto surfaces. In most cases, we must use some form of agitation to cause friction that aids in the releasing of soot particles. In some scenarios, mechanical action can remove residues without using any type of chemical.
 
Some mechanical actions produce mild agitation and can be used to clean most surfaces. Feather dusters can often be used to remove soot from hard surfaced furniture items. Paint brushes can work well when cleaning decorations and ornaments. On surfaces like walls, carpets, and upholstery vacuuming can help pull particles off of the surface. Typically, the first choice of cleanup of smoke and soot is to vacuum dry areas and then move on to another step with detergents. Other things get cleaned well using compressed air to blow off the soot.
 
When soot residues adhere strongly, and the affected surfaces can withstand more agitation, methods like dry sponges prove to be useful. Dusting cloths containing light mineral oils also work well to clean soils. Crumbly cleaners work like a graphite pencil erase and crumble away as they clean objects. When wet cleaning products are used, our SERVPRO restoration crew uses cleaning towels to scrub items.
 
In certain situations, choosing the best method that can remove the soot and not ruin the object can be difficult. Many times we try multiple techniques until we find the one that works the best for your specific situation. For help with soot removal after something burns on your property, call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222 seven days a week.

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What to Do (and What to Avoid) When Dealing With Mold Damage in Wake Forest

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What to Do (and What to Avoid) When Dealing With Mold Damage in Wake Forest Mold Stains Require Professional Remediation from SERVPRO in the Wake Forest Area

Call SERVPRO to Inspect and Remediate Mold Issues in Your Home

One of the most difficult types of home damage to deal with on your own in a Wake Forest home is mold damage. Mold, like other types of fungi, can cause severe long-term damage to your home while simultaneously being hazardous and nearly impossible to remove with standard household cleaning products. Taking the wrong steps can potentially make the problem worse or even run the risk of causing ill health effects for you. Here are a few things you should and should not do after coming into contact with mold growth in your home.
 
What to Do
If you find signs of mold damage in your Wake Forest home, you should first attempt to verify both whether the infestation is still active and to what extent it has spread. Gathering this information early on can help to get a more accurate response from SERVPRO technicians. However, you should never go beyond the bounds of what you feel is safe. Many types of mold can cause health effects with both direct and indirect exposure, making them hazardous to interact with in close proximity. In addition to attempting to gather more information about the problem, you may also be able to identify any sources of water that may have allowed the fungus to grow. Knowledge of these sources allows us to stamp out the root of the problem immediately and prevent further damage from happening.
 
But, Don't:
Do not underestimate the ability of black mold and other types of spores to become safety hazards. Never put yourself in what could be a dangerous situation without the direct guidance of SERVPRO technicians. In addition, you should not attempt to remove the mold on your own, as your efforts may only serve to spread spores around, even with the aid of specialty mold cleansing products. Our specialized equipment and mold remediation techniques are designed to avoid the many eventualities that can result from unprepared mold damage treatments.
 
SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest provides mold removal and remediation services to homes across the local area. If you ever find signs of mold growth in your home, call us at (919) 790-1222.

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You Need Proper Flood Damage Mitigation Allowing Your Family to Move Back into Your Raleigh Home Safely

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage You Need Proper Flood Damage Mitigation Allowing Your Family to Move Back into Your Raleigh Home Safely SERVPRO Salvages Flooded Houses in the Raleigh Area and Gets You Back Home

SERVPRO Provides the Services to Mitigate Flood Damages

Before and during a flood, your family's reaction can often reveal how much stress and shock they feel. At times, it might seem as if the flooding event equals the end of Raleigh as they know it and that nothing can ever bring things back to normal again. SERVPRO wants to assure you that we can help your family by remediating most things affected by the flood and help you manage your belongings so that your family recovers as quickly as possible.

Our services include taking an inventory of your belongings that we box up while in your Raleigh home to protect them from possible flood damage. Items that you disclose to SERVPRO workers that require special handling or that your family needs during the mitigation process receive priority treatment so you can relax and take care of other issues affecting your family.

After your home's mitigation process comes to a conclusion and the time for your family to return home comes closer, we begin returning your belongings so your family can easily find them. After we begin cleaning boxed items in our warehouse, we rebox them according to matching labels, keeping things orderly for your convenience. When we return your family's belongings to your home, we place each box or larger item back in the place designated at the time we packed it for cleaning, drying, and other restorative work. This inventory control helps reduce confusion and keeps things neat and tidy for unpacking items. We catalog non-salvageable items in a CCIS, Contents Claim Inventory Service, providing assistance with your insurance carrier and protecting our customer's interests.

Flooding can cause problems with plumbing, gas lines, and electrical systems. Before your family's arrival, experienced and certified technicians and other specialists that SERVPRO partners with thoroughly checked to ensure these all met safety code and other standards of safety. Air vents and ducts in positions below the water line also required cleaning and disinfecting. All materials in your home are now in a preloss state, "Like it never even happened," and safe once again for all members of your family.

SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest can assist you and your family from start to finish when flood damage threatens your home. Call our emergency services hotline at (919) 790-1222 so we can help you through the entire process of damage repair and mitigation.

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Why Professional Restoration Is A Wise Choice For Water Damage In Your Raleigh Home

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Professional Restoration Is A Wise Choice For Water Damage In Your Raleigh Home Water damage can cause significant damage to your home.

Water Damage In Your Home

There are certain things that every Raleigh homeowner worries about at one time or another, among these is the possibility of falling victim to a natural disaster like a fire or flood. While these circumstances always remain a possibility with the appropriate conditions, internal water emergencies are often far more likely and frequent than any of the more detrimental disasters.

While water damage to your Raleigh home might come from several different sources, cleaning up this damage and restoring its effects is a similar process across the board. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that even moderate water emergencies can get taken care of with some conventional drying techniques and that the problem is in the past. Unfortunately, without properly cleaning up water damage and drying the area thoroughly, you could be allowing worsening damages to occur.

Fortunately, our SERVPRO technicians get trained to handle all manner of water emergencies and can ensure that the job gets done right. This restoration process begins with a thorough inspection of the immediate damage, as well as using thermal imagery to inspect the areas that are out of the immediate line of sight for persistent moisture, and a broader range of damage you could not initially tell was there.

Working quickly to dry the area and clean up the mess are both common practices of our SERVPRO professionals. Once the area has gotten sufficiently dried using air movers and dehumidification equipment, a better inspection can occur with the structural components and building materials of your home to ensure that they are as strong and stable as they should be. Overly damaged materials might require removal and reinstallation to complete the restoration process.

Water damage in your home might come from any number of potential sources, but overcoming the effects is rarely something that you should handle on your own. Even smaller-scale water damage can have severe effects on your home if the appropriate, thorough measures do not get taken to ensure the area is cleaned and dried adequately. Trust our SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest technicians to help you through every possible effect of water damage. You can reach us anything by calling (919) 790-1222.

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